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Weekend of random

Friday: Went to see some bands with Rosalie, Ronnie and Adam showed up as well. Rosalie’s friend who was supposed to be playing that night didn’t. Also, the bands all turned out to be of the heavier variety, which made me very happy. Best of the lot were the most excellent Magnum Opus from Wellington.

Saturday: Woke up feeling a bit shit, Chantel suggested I come over, and go for a wee drive for a bit. She suggested we go to Kaikoura for Fish and Chips, and me being in a go-with-the-flow kind of mood, said, “Sure, why not?” Drove up there, got the food, got in the car, and she said “Why not just keep going?” So we did. All the way up to Nelson.
Got there, decided we needed somewhere to stay the night, so I thought we could try the Tahuna motorcamp that we stayed at last time we were there. Made it over there right before the office was about to close.. and asked to get a room with linen, pillows etc, as we only had the clothes on our backs and whatever else we happened to be carrying at the time we left. Got a pretty nice cabin too.
After watching a bit of Terminator 3 (so funny), we went into town to see what was going on. Being winter, only about half the bars were open, and to my horror, the local Grumpy Mole was the pick of them. Chants got accosted by two very drunken Chilean guys, who spoke very little English, and one of whom was quite determined to have his way with her practically right there in the street. Joff to the rescue with as much Spanish as I could remember, and into the Grumpy we went, danced a bit after Chants made the poor bar girl make us Castaways.

Sunday: On the way home, we stopped at the swimming hole south of Blenheim, took a bunch of photos, stopped at a small boutique chocolate factory / stop where I got a couple of treats. Chants drove all the way from Nelson to Kaikoura.. including over the rickety old car/rail Awatere bridge (we got some video footage of that to freak out Mo).
Arrived at Fran’s birthday pot-luck dinner probably only an hour late. Pretty good effort if you ask me 🙂

PHOTOS HERE

Nelson weekend

Well last weekend I went up to Nelson with Chantelle, Ryan and Katie, pretty much on a whim – (which is the best reason of all), and booked a cabin at the Tahuna beach camp for a couple of nights. Ryan was on a mission himself.. A trademe deal had made him the very proud owner of a new set of mag rims for his beloved car 🙂

We arrived in at around midnight – turned out I’d forgotten to put my sleeping bag in the boot of Ryan’s car, even though I was super organised and had everything ready the night before :/ Chants kindly donated a blanket and sarong for me to sleep on.. although I ended up getting very little (like 2hrs) of sleep that night anyway.

Went to the markets the next day, had a good wander round – bought way too much stuff… nice cheese, half an awesome garlic salami, shortbread, stuff like that. Had Penguinos. Oh man.. that place does the best gelato ever.

Went for a drive out past Takaka (was cool to go over the old windy road we used to have to take to get to the Gathering), and up to Farewell Spit – top of the South Island. Stayed there for about 15 mins, got back in the car and went back. Felt very carsick. It was kinda pointless, but the scenery was great.

Had a few drinks that night, Ryan wanted to go into town to mack on the honeys, Chants suggested a bar closer to the camp we could try, but alas it was closed and deserted. No macking was to occur 😛

Went for a swim at Tahuna beach the next day before heading off, but we only had half an hour or so for that, which was way too short a time… I would have definitely liked to have been able to stay longer.

Anyway, pics are here.